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process,

in law: see procedureprocedure,
in law, the rules that govern the obtaining of legal redress. This article deals only with civil procedure in Anglo-American law (for criminal procedure, see criminal law).
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process

[′prä‚ses]
(anatomy)
A projection from the central mass of an organism.
(computer science)
To assemble, compile, generate, interpret, compute, and otherwise act on information in a computer.
A program that is running on a computer.
(engineering)
A system or series of continuous or regularly occurring actions taking place in a predetermined or planned manner to produce a desired result.

process

1. Law
a. a summons, writ, etc., commanding a person to appear in court
b. the whole proceedings in an action at law
2. Biology a natural outgrowth or projection of a part, organ, or organism
3. Computing a distinct subtask of a computer system which can be regarded as proceeding in parallel with other subtasks of the system
4. Film, TV denoting a film, film scene, shot, etc., made by techniques that produce unusual optical effects

process

1. <operating system, software> The sequence of states of an executing program. A process consists of the program code (which may be shared with other processes which are executing the same program), private data, and the state of the processor, particularly the values in its registers. It may have other associated resources such as a process identifier, open files, CPU time limits, shared memory, child processes, and signal handlers.

One process may, on some platforms, consist of many threads. A multitasking operating system can run multiple processes concurrently or in parallel, and allows a process to spawn "child" processes.

process

(1) To manipulate data in the computer. The computer is said to be processing no matter what action it is taking upon the data; whether the data are actually being updated in a database or just being displayed on screen.

In order to evaluate a computer system's performance, the time it takes to process data internally is often analyzed separately from the time it takes to get it in and out of the computer. The I/O (input/output) is usually more time consuming than the processing. For an explanation of how the computer processes data, see "Processing" under the term computer. See also process technology.

(2) Software running in the computer. When a computer is booted, numerous processes are started. Some are parts of the operating system, while others are applications that have been designated to run at startup. In a Windows computer, pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del launches the Task Manager, which displays all running processes. In the Mac, the Activity Monitor in the Applications/Utilities folder shows the processes. See Windows processes.
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Because of this reality, the college has adopted a collaborative process that enables it to rationally prioritize budget proposals.
Over time, the scope of services provided can scale fast in a manageable fashion, whether by claim function, type of claim or additional tasks in the claims process.
Since the self-regulated learning model views learners as active participants in the learning process, learners are expected to regulate their cognition, behavior, motivation and context during the planning phase (Pintrich, 2004).
It provides the framework for enlarging the focus of process improvement beyond a single discipline, such as software, to improve all areas that impact product development and maintenance.
Investigate the lean initiatives of manufacturing and supply chain early in the product development process; don't just develop a product in isolation and then throw it over the wall to manufacturing.
Since the application of rubber, and more recently, polymer technology, to creating seals between surfaces, manufacturers have been searching for an attachment process that produces an effective seal at the lowest cost.
* Walk-through Processes: Once processes are documented, it is important to observe the process, thereby confirming that it has been documented accurately and that the controls are in place and effective.
Specifically, we now link high-level strategy to the budgeting process, uniting the strategic plan with the financial plan.
* Process Control Services Center (a dedicated group to handle manufacturing IT needs)
The company had started immediately on the compliance process in 2002; in 2003 it enhanced and added more processes and tweaked procedures.
Applicable to any shape or size of part, the process requires no special tooling.